Curriculum and Instruction News

September 2018

District Speaker Series

This school year the District will be hosting a district speaker series that focuses on college and career readiness and digital citizenship. Below are overviews of some of the upcoming events. For questions about these events contact Maria (Scopino) Beilik (Naviance & FAFSA) or JP Prezzavento (Screenagers).

Curriculum Updates


This year Tina Risse will begin work as the Fox C-6 Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. During the course of the 2018-2019 school year, the elementary curriculum work will primarily involve development in the areas of ELA and science.

Our ELA curriculum writing team has been fortunate enough to secure more teachers for the upcoming year. Curriculum writers are digging deeply into the reading units of study implementation this year. Our main focus is in using the scoring guides we developed last year with the students we currently have in our classrooms. In doing so, we aim to produce a document for the Board of Education by this spring.

The C&I department has ordered several resources to support balanced literacy in our buildings. We deployed 178 classroom libraries as well as materials to support working with words. Additional reading Units of Study kits were also purchased to support the implementation of reading workshop.

K-5 Science

Our science curriculum writing team will pilot two units of MySci this year. The program, out of Washington University, was launched in 2005 with a grant from the Monsanto Fund. Each of the mySci units:

  • Integrates science, engineering, literacy, and mathematics

  • Encourages student dialogue and collaboration

  • Utilizes a variety of methods for formative assessments

  • Uses project-based approach to encourage students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems

We have curriculum team members representing each of our elementary buildings. It is important to have conversations with these team members in an effort to learn about where we are in respect to adopting science resources for the 2019-2020 school year.

6-12 Science

The secondary science curriculum writing teams for the 2018-2019 school year consists of teachers from every secondary building. Team members are finalizing units for each course and field testing complex tasks. They will also be piloting materials with the written curriculum and evaluating the inclusion of the district science power standards. Additionally, they will be selecting laboratory materials that are needed to implement the curriculum and allow student to experience the work of scientists.

6-12 Math

The secondary math curriculum writing team will continue the work from last year. At the middle school level teams will begin writing units for advanced level grade 6 and 7 math courses. At the high school level teams will begin writing curriculum for some 10-12 math courses around best practices in math instruction.

6-12 ELA

English Language Arts teachers on the 6-12 Curriculum Writing Teams are currently piloting texts for Unit 1 and Unit 2 this year. The CWT begins meeting on 9/11/18 to finalize texts for Unit 3 and Unit 4.

After finalizing and ordering texts for pilot teachers this year, our focus will be on aligning our assessments and performance tasks.

Take a look at our draft curriculum documents here:

ELA 6-12 Pilot Curriculum Document 2018-19

The scheduled meetings are on Tuesdays from 3:45p to 5:45p:

Sep. 11th, 2018–SHS Library

Oct. 9th, 2018–FHS Library

Oct. 30th, 2018–SHS Library

Dec. 4th, 2018–FHS Library

Jan. 8th, 2019–SHS Library

Feb. 12th, 2019–FHS Library

Mar. 12th, 2019–SHS Library

Apr. 16th, 2019–Fox Service Center Training Room

There is still room for more people to join the committee. If you are interested please fill out this form:

ELA 6-12 Curriculum Writing Team Application 2018-19

6-12 Social Studies

The Social Studies 6th-9th Grade Curriculum was approved by the school board on June 5th, 2018. All 6th through 9th grade classrooms have new materials and online access from TCI.

Social Studies 6th-9th Curriculum Documents

This year the curriculum writing team will focus on developing units for advanced courses 6th-8th and refining the pilot curriculum for 10th-grade World History and 11th-grade American Government.

The scheduled meetings are on Tuesdays from 3:45p to 5:45p:

Sep. 25th, 2018–SHS Library

Oct. 16th, 2018–FHS Library

Nov 6th, 2018–SHS Library

Dec. 11th, 2018–FHS Library

Jan. 22th, 2019–SHS Library

Feb. 26th, 2019–FHS Library

Apr. 2nd, 2019–SHS Library

Apr. 30th, 2019–FHS Library

There is still room for more people to join the committee. If you are interested please fill out this form:

Social Studies 6th-12th Curriculum Writing Team 2018-19 Application

Professional Development

PD Update

We had an amazing Summer of Learning this year! We had over 730 registrations for our summer PD offerings! Teachers learned about a variety of topics to help improve student achievement and also supported our curriculum work and our evaluation system. Some of these topics include:

  • Balanced Literacy

  • Technology Integration through Chrome Academy, Digital Breakout, and Flipped Classroom

  • Coding in K-5 Classrooms

  • Designing Lessons in a High School Block Schedule

  • Critical Thinking and Engagement Strategies in Mathematics

  • Best Practices in Co-Teaching

  • K-5 and 6-12 Reading and Writing Workshops

  • Kindergarten Literacy Academy

  • Social Emotional Learning

  • Dyslexia Training

  • RTI and PLC


August PD days allowed buildings to build on the summer learning of their teachers and started conversations around RTI and what it looks like in the individual buildings. PLC teams also collaborated around best practices in their content areas. Additionally buildings discussed building strong relationships in the school community and providing supports for students.

Our PD days for the school year are:

  • October 25 (8:00-11:00)
  • November 6
  • March 21 (8:00-11:00)
  • April 2

During PD days teachers will continue to build on the learning from the summer and have time to work with their PLC teams to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all learners. PLC work will continue to be guided by the 4 corollary questions:

  1. What do we expect our students to learn?

  2. How will we know if they have learned it?

  3. How will we respond if they haven’t learned it?

  4. How will we respond if they already know it?

Please remember to complete the PD survey after each PD day to ensure that we can continue to plan professional development that meets your individual needs.

2018-2019 PD Opportunities

We will again be offering Professional Elective Programs (PEPs) for the fall and spring semesters. This is an opportunity for you to sign up for content specific PD and receive a stipend OR earn graduate credit. Click here for the fall PEP offerings.

If you are interested in PD outside of the district that are specific to NEE indicators or specific for your content area, click here.

Steps to Request PD

  1. Complete the on-line PD request form as early as possible. Teacher Professional Development Request Form
  2. Wait for an approval confirmation email. If you do not receive confirmation within 10 days, email Robin Greene ( for the event using the PO number provided in the approval attachment. (district pays registration, hotel and airfare upfront- mileage is reimbursed after) Your are responsible for registering yourself for your PD.
  3. Use WillSub to request a sub if needed.

Once you have attended the PD:

  1. Scan and email confirmation of attendance to (This can be agenda, sign-in sheet, name badge or certificate.)
  2. Complete a check request within 30 days of the PD if needed for reimbursement of funds that were mentioned on the original PD request. Also attach confirmation of attendance and original itemized receipts.

Instructional Technology

Fox Technology Leaders Team

For the past three years, the Fox Edtech Advisory Team has worked to provide input around technology planning and to share resources and information with buildings around technology in the Fox School District. This year, though, the Technology Advisory Team will not be meeting. Instead, we will begin the Fox Technology Leaders Team. This volunteer, application-based group is designed to create the capacity for leadership in the area of technology integration and professional development by designing and deploying learning that supports the efforts of Fox C-6 curriculum writing teams and the 4C’s of digital learning. This work will be done with a focus on digital citizenship, student engagement, and critical thinking. The Fox Technology Leaders team will meet monthly beginning in October. To learn more about the Fox Technology Leaders Team and to apply to be part of this group, click here.

Google Classroom Updates

Google rolled out some major updates to Google Classroom just in time for the new school year to help teaches be more efficient and create useful organizational structures inside of Google Classroom. The two biggest changes to Google Classroom are the Classwork page and a new grading interface.

  1. Classwork Page: All class assignments and questions now located on the Classwork page instead of the Stream. Now assignments and questions can be organized by topic (think about learning modules) instead of just listing them chronologically in the stream.

  2. Grading interface: Teachers can now open a student’s assignment in a new window and add private comments and a grade in that new grading window. If the student submitted Google Drive files, the teacher can also leave comments right in the new grading interface. When finished, teachers can switch students with a single click.

Check out the video below for an overview of these major Google Classroom updates and click here to view a comprehensive Google Classroom user’s guide that is great for teachers getting started with Google Classroom.

Fox Federal Programs

Federal Programs Highlights Fall 2018

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding any of the following federal programs, please feel free to contact our Federal Programs Coordinator, Angie Baker, at or by phone at 296.8000 ext. 7141.

Title I A., Title II, Title III, Title IV, Homeless & Foster Care Liaison

Title I Overview

Title I is a federally funded grant that provides supplemental support for students in the Fox C6 School District who attend elementary schools that meet or exceed the district’s “Free & Reduced Lunch” percentage. The following 9 elementary schools are participating in the supplemental instructional program for 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 Title I Schools

Fox Elementary (school-wide)

Guffey (school-wide)

Hamrick (school-wide)


Lone Dell

Meramec Heights (school-wide)




Funding provided through the Title I federal grant is used to provide research-proven effective, supplemental support delivered by 14 reading/math specialist and 3 paraprofessionals across the 9 schools listed above. Students are selected for participation in the program based on a multi-criteria screening process so each student’s personal needs and learning style are carefully considered. Funding from the grant is also used to help remove educational barriers for students who are currently facing homelessness.

Title III - English Language Learning

The Fox C6 ELL teachers have completed the beginning of the year online screenings and supplemental support services have begun for students needing additional support with English acquisition. Please see the following names and school assignments for the district’s ELL teachers should you have any questions regarding instructional support and/or family engagement concerning these amazing students.

2018-2019 English Language Learning Teachers

Laura Flannery, Antonia ES, Hodge ES, Seckman ES, Antonia MS, Seckman MS

Mrs. Flannery is also a great resource for helping to support our district’s home-school connections for our ELL families as our district’s ELL Home-school Coordinator.

Tatiana Kennedy, Fox MS, Fox HS, Seckman HS

Amela Omeragic, Fox ES, Rockport ES

Carolyn Mitchell, Guffey ES, Meramec Heights ES, Ridgewood MS

Marry Ann Woods, Hamrick ES, Lond Dell ES, Sherwood ES, Simpson ES

Click here for online resources that support our district's ELL population.

College and Career Readiness

Fox C-6 District Assessment Committee

We are currently looking for teachers, principals and counselors to serve on our Assessment Committee. If you are interested please sign up using this link. The 2018-2019 meeting dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, August 30, 4:30-6:60pm, SHS Library
  • Thursday Sep. 20th 4:15-5:45 FSC
  • Thursday Oct. 18th 4:15-5:45 SHS Library
  • Thursday Nov. 1st 4:15-5:45 FSC
  • Thursday, January 17th, 4:15-5:45 SHS Library
  • Thursday, April 4th, 4:15-5:45 SHS Library
  • Thursday, May 2nd, 4:15-5:45 FSC

Upcoming Assessment Windows


Fall (optional) 8/15/18 to 11/30/18

Winter (optional) 12/3/18 to 2/28/19

Spring (required) 3/1/19 to 5/31/19

ACT Aspire

Summative ACT ASPIRE: Oct 15, 2018-Nov 20, 2018

Make up window: Nov 26-30, 2018

Sept 14th ACT ASPIRE training (counselors) 12:00-2:30 FSC training room (invite sent on Google calendar)

Contact C&I